The Riding House Cafe

4.2
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3134 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European

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The Riding House Café is an all-day, fun and informal neighbourhood brasserie situated amidst Fitzrovia's creative and media community, split across a variety of areas to eat, drink, meet and socialise. A bustling canteen, more formal dining room and a relaxed lounge are all joined together by the large dining bar and open kitchen. The predominantly Modern European menu features a range of small and large plates to suit any time of day. Dishes are wholesome, with an emphasis on fresh, light ingredients.

Private Dining

The private dining room here boasts an original stable that was rebuilt downstairs to provide a cosy escape for 14 guests. Additionally there is the long refectory table in the dining hall for up to 20 and part of the lounge is available to book at the weekends for drinks receptions for up to 15.

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NB
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food amazing and service amazing! Third visit on the back of a recommendation by a professional property agent dealing in the restaurant industry. Never fails to disappoint!

OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Staff were very nice and helpful. Food came out cold for 2 out of 4 people. The restaurant was super cold and never really warmed up. Food was pretty good but nothing extraordinary.

EK
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked a table for myself and a friend for breakfast after having had a very good experience here a couple of years ago. However the food was absolutely appalling, looked and tasted like something from a cheap roadside cafe. It was as if the chef couldn’t be bothered to cook what was probably the last breakfast of the day before moving on to lunch menu. It was embarrassingly bad. Service was incredibly slow. Will not be returning and will not be recommending.

JT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Cheeseburger patty and its fiddly presentation on a small plate - too small once the chips arrive - leave room for improvement.

S
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food and good atmosphere. Really enjoyed the coconut chicken bowl

JS
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Lovely venue, good food, dreadfully slow service. Took 15 mins to get the bill after chasing. Missed my train and had to purchase another ticket. Made it a c expensive outing

VS
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I had fond memories of the cafe but it has really taken its eye off the ball. A good proportion of the food we ordered didn't arrive and drinks came out in odd order. My kedegree was over cooked and the poached egg on top was actually hard. The sofa I sat on was stained. Slightly chaotic overall. There didn't seem to be anyone in charge.

b
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food & really nice staff! Very accommodating to food allergies as well.

KH
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice food , atmosphere, location..and very nicy service from the workers

CG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambience, lovely food and service. Can recommend full English and Eggs benedict , both superb.

CB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As good as I remember it. Great place to take clients.

G
Bath
11 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great breakfast with a good choice in a very busy central London cafe

RA
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food pleasant location and nice staff - only criticism is the waiters were not attentive so it took a while to order and even longer for them to notice our wine needed topping up so sadly we had virtually finished eating before they noticed.

AW
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

My breakfast was cold and badly presented. I ordered a side of salmon which was really small and for what I paid, I really think the breakfast could have been better. I didnt complain because I was with clients that I had brought here but I was very disappointed at this breakfast

A
London
50 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty breakfast and reasonably quick service. Hot drinks a little cold.

SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pancakes I’ve had in London!

KS
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Lacklustre restaurant, half hearted service, the server only brightened up when they realised I was leaving a cash tip. Scrambled eggs and toast was tepid. Average breakfast you can get at any half decent greasy spoon. I wouldn't recommend this place, I won't be going there again. However, we had a nice table and the atmosphere is nice enough. The kitchen needs to seriously up their game.

b
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

It's ok - wouldn't put it any stronger than that. quite buzzy, but food nothing to write home about. and 75-minute booking slot strictly enforced - in my view, not really enough time to enjoy company

OT
Glasgow
13 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heard so much about Riding House Cafe ... and it didn’t disappoint!! Amazing from start to finish... make sure you check out the toilets 😂

PS
London
16 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Always a good choice. This time the food was nice but perhaps underwhelming, but the service made up for it.

SL
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A good buzz about this place. Clever refurb of an uninspiring rectangular space into partitioned areas works very well, but it is noisy. Brunch menu had all the usuals and our choices of shakshouka and eggs benedict were well flavoured, cooked and presented.

JC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious, portions are dainty and the price is not. Excellent service though.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice breakfast menu, we had French toast, full English & eggs Benedict. All well prepared. Very friendly staff.

LR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Portions are a bit small but the food and the place are amazing. Good wine too.

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service was a little slow but we didn't mind because it was a girly brunch with many things to catch up on. Reasonable portion sizes. Luke warm tea was the only downside. Second time there and will go again.

OT
Cologne Area
7 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice evening. Great atmosphere, great team, great food.

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I love the breakfast here but learned yesterday that it’s only at weekends that it can be enjoyed all day. Also prefer the bar area to the more grown up look to the left of the restaurant. Noise level was quite high this time and little privacy as tables quite close to each other in that part of the restaurant
I will stick to weekends and the breakfast going forward

AF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really nice atmosphere and helpful staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a really nice location and really really nice staff. Thank you

FF
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Rude staff! Two waitresses at busy lunch time. The restaurant was all packed and took half an hour to get hold of someone to get the bill. Wanted to leave before even paying! Poor service, I asked if I could have pancakes packed for a homeless man who was outside. “We don’t do take away” I got told. I didn’t touch the pancakes and felt bad to waste, they want to throw in the bin but not let anyone else take it to give to a hungry poor person! Very impressive!

DC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very loud and food wasn’t up to standard. I had eggs Benedictus and the muffins were rock hard and the ham was like rubber

LC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely place for catch up with friends. Great service. Portion is a bit small for what you pay.

SM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely evening with very tasty food and great service. It was a busy night but we were very well looked after and not rushed at all. The mac & cheese and katsu short-rib were particular highlights!

GP
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great evening. Service friendly and efficient. Food was good with good selection.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great venue & food that was let down by poor service. Wasn’t overly busy and we had to ask to order 4 times.

JW
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the service and the shakshuka was incredible! They even put a candle on my friends pancakes for her birthday which was lovely. I always keep coming back here!

J
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Good food, nice interior. However, extremely loud, we could barely have a conversation. Also, juices (and drinks overall) were somewhat overpriced.

LJ
London
42 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reliable
Nice food and beautiful setting - great for business breakfast

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Great food - rude waitress

AA
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We booked a table through OpenTable and after 1hr15mins were told by a waiter that we had to leave because someone else had a reservation at that time. We hadn't even been told we only had 1hr15 mins to enjoy our meals and the waiter's didn't even ask if we wanted more food or drinks once we had finish our main meal. Absolutely shameful and I will not be going back.